Wife who killed, cooked husband denied parole

October 5, 2011 - 8:10 PM
Man Cooked By Wife

In a March 12, 1993 file photo shows Omaima Nelson in court in Santa Ana, Calif. Nelson, who killed her newlywed husband and chopped and cooked his body parts over Thanksgiving weekend in 1991 is seeking release from a California prison. Nelson is set to appear before parole commissioners Wednesday at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla where she has been serving a life sentence. (AP Photo/Orange County Register, Clay Miller, File) MANDATORY CREDIT: THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER. MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT

CHOWCHILLA, Calif. (AP) — A California woman who killed her newlywed husband and chopped and cooked his body parts over Thanksgiving weekend in 1991 was denied her second bid for parole Wednesday.

Parole commissioners rejected Omaima Nelson's request for freedom following a five-and-half-hour hearing at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla, where she has been serving a life sentence.

Nelson, an Egyptian-born former model and nanny, had not accepted responsibility for the Orange County slaying of William Nelson, nor completed educational or vocational programs while incarcerated that would help her lead a productive life outside prison, the board said.

She will not be eligible to seek parole again for 15 years — the maximum period she can be held without another hearing, the commissioners said.

Nelson was 23-years-old when she was convicted of murdering her 56-year-old husband in a grisly killing that authorities compared to the fictional slayings of Hannibal Lecter.

Prosecutors say Nelson stabbed her husband and likely plotted to steal from him as she had done with other middle-aged men. Nelson said she acted in self-defense, a claim she repeated at Wednesday's hearing even while saying she was sorry.

A psychiatrist testified during Nelson's trial that she told him she ate her husband's ribs but later denied it.

She was denied previously denied parole in 2006, when commissioners found her unpredictable and a serious threat to public safety.